Places to visit on your holiday

What to see, do and eat in and around Cassis

Cassis is a popular tourist destination and called "The French Riviera" and is famous for Calanques - natural, limestone sea cliffs, clear turquoise water that shelters inlets. The wines of Cassis are white and rosé, and not to be confused with crème de cassis, a specialty of Burgundy which takes its name from blackcurrants (cassis), not the commune.  The area is great for walking, climbing, kayaking, sunbathing Port Miou, Port Pin, En Vau - local Calanques.

Blackcurrants in Cassis

Things to do around the Cassis area

While staying at our apartment, there are many things to visit and enjoy. 

  • Artisan shops
  • Bi-weekly Market full of local produce; olives, honey, cheese, fruit, vegetables, saucisson, fish, meat as well as jewellery, clothes, crafts, pottery,
  • Boat hire
  • Boat trips to the Calanques
  • Cap Canaille - highest maritime cliff in Europe
  • Canoe Hire
  • Casino
  • Cinema
  • Diving - famous local wreck
  • Electric Scooter Tours
  • Fishing - along the coastline and deep sea fishing
  • Galleries
  • Kayaking along the coastline
View Of The Beautiful Lighthouse During Sunny Day - Cassis,France
  • Le Savonnerie de Cassis - Soap Makers
  • Library
  • Local Artist Gwendoline Pieters with her distinctive colourful style
  • Local Beaches - Plage de Bestouan, Plage de la Grand Mer
  • Local Restaurants
  • Local Vineyards
  • Mountain Bike Tours
  • Musée de Parfum
  • Museums
  • Route des Crêtes - exciting coastal road with exceptional views
  • Tourist Train
  • Sailing School
  • Shops
  • Sports Centre
  • Windsurf

Exceptional views that inspired painters such as Dufy, Matisse, Picaba and Vlaminck spread out in all directions.

Also Winston Churchill painted local scenes

The Calanques, a national park, are Provencal fjords with crystal clear green water. Framed by white limestone cliffs and the deep blue of the ocean, secret beaches and coves await discovery.

Catch a boat from the port (they leave every half hour) or walk in the Calanques where you can enjoy a picnic, the sun and a spot of diving or snorkeling, or just sit back and catch some rays!

A renowned diving area, complete with Roman wrecks, lies half an hour's boat ride out to sea.

Abrupt stony coast and turquoise sea surface. National Park Calanques on the Mediterranean coast

Alternatively, you may prefer to take advantage of the world famous rock climbing nearby or just enjoy a peaceful stroll along the water's edge or watching the world pass by from one of the many bars and cafes along the port.

Cassis produces a delicious white wine, the result of a long tradition of wine making. Many of the local Chateaux welcome visitors and offer free wine tasting.

Other enjoyable days out include visits to Marseille or Aix-en-Provence where music and dance festivals take place regularly.

Towns to visit

Three picturesque towns to visit while you are staying in the apartment.

Saint Sauveur gothic cathedral in Aix-en-Provence in France

Aix-en-Provence  Culture, music festivals, shopping, restaurants.  Castellet medieval, hill top town which has a beautiful Saint Sauveur gothic cathedral.

Cheeseboard with cheese, fruits and bottle of white wine
City centre of Aubagne, near Marseille, France

Aubagne  Nearby city near Marseille, where author Marcel Pagnol lived, he wrote Jean de Florette, popular market, profusion of local artisan studios and art galleries, wonderful ceramics


La Ciotat  Known as the cradle of cinema (world’s oldest cinema) and birthplace of petanque. It has a beautiful Port where you will find bars, restaurants as well tourist shops.

Aerial panoramic view on basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde and old port in Marseille, France

Marseilles  The water-front area, shopping, restaurants, culture, history, architecture of the basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde and old port.

Old town of Martigues in the southern France, called "Venice of Provence" for its many canals and colorful houses

Martigues  The old town in the southern France, called "Venice of Provence" for its many canals and colorful houses and three islands divided by canals and laced together with bridges, is a maze of lanes full of stylish boutiques. Its pedestrian quays were ideal for dining and drinking.

Winemaker man drinking rose or red wine at vineyard from wine glass outdoors


Places to visit for wine tasting and tours around vineyard